visual art Archive

Ethan Russell has ‘The Best Seat in the House’

Among the compelling cast of characters in Peter Jackson’s sprawling Get Back documentary is an American photographer. The dazzling and unlikely odyssey of Ethan Russell is the subject of a new presentation, Best Seat in the House. Growing up in San Francisco during the early years of rock ‘n’ roll, Russell was drawn to the

Bonus Q&A with Hipgnosis Co-founder Aubrey Powell (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… We’ve talked about Hipgnosis rarely having a brief from most artists. Specific to Pink Floyd, there seems to be an undercurrent of melancholy, and themes of absence, loss, distance and things like that in a lot of your work for Pink Floyd. I’m curious: how much of that comes from your

Bonus Q&A with Hipgnosis Co-founder Aubrey Powell (Part One)

Recently, I interviewed Hipgnosis co-founder Aubrey Powell for a Goldmine magazine feature. That story can be found here. But our talk was so interesting – and got into so many area for which there wasn’t space in the magazine story – that I want to share more of it with you. Here’s the first of

Ishmael: Art Looking to the Future

A thought-provoking Asheville-based visual artist is lending his skills in support of a fundraising event for a local nonprofit dedicated to helping students break the persistent cycle of poverty. The murals of Victor “Ishmael” Palenque are a prominent feature of the city’s defining visual iconography, and the message behind those murals dovetails with the goals

Album Review: Gel-Sol — Horse Head Bookends

It’s inevitable: the first thing one notices about Horse Head Bookends, the latest album from Andrew Reichel (d/b/a/ Gel-Sol), is its stunningly original album artwork and packaging. The vinyl LP is housed in a black, die-cut sleeve with a front window that serves as a frame for a 12×12 full-color art. There’s a collage for